I am a little confused by your narrative. There is no evidence of cancer and yet the urologist wants to respect “more of the tumor?” And then he would prescribe BCG.? What did the pathology report say
after the first TURB? Was the tumor low grade or high grade?
Because the current urologist does not have hospital privileges, it is difficult to see how he is going to do further resection.
if he is getting a second opinion, I would want to wait until after that before additional treatment.
Diagnosis 2-08 Small papillary TCC; CIS
BCG; BCG maintenance
Vice-President, American Bladder Cancer Society
Yes- well he can work out of a smaller hospital (where my dad had first resection) but not the bigger health care system he used to be a part of nearby! Exactly my questions!
The prob is the retention and blood loss- hence uro says cancer still an issue... And I do not have the report - this is the part of the hvign very sharp stubborn older parents- I am working on this!!
Sounds like your Dad is doing well for 96 and has good quality of life! Heck, he handled one TURB ok so maybe that will work if he needs another peek and the BCG.... you can always try and start and quit if it causes problems. Is there some tumor left? Pat yourself on the back as a good caregiver!
DX 5/6/2008 TAG3 papillary tumor .5 CM in size. 2 TURBS followed by 6 instillations of BCG weekly with a second round of 6 after a 6 week wait.
I kinda hopped on the earlier 96 year old dad, but yes mine is 93- and I guess starting some form of immunotherapy this week with oncologist after leaving not so great urologist and prior to meeting new one (couldn't schedule for a bit) May be some part of tumor left... He has issues...I am shoved out of things till an emergency- so thanks for the pat on the back! Just trying to help them!!
I was wondering what ended up being course of action with your 96 year father- in -law? My dad has had 4.5 weeks of radiation and so worn down and now edema in calves. He will continue with immunotherapy but his bladder needs a break, He did have second turb with good kind doc, I think bleeding has stopped but radiation very uncomfortable. Fears he will have an accident